Are you a black-belt motivational master? Do you effortlessly achieve your goals (whilst wearing a cool uniform)?
If not don’t panic – help is at hand to boost your motivational mastery – read on.
Clearly, the carrot of money simply isn’t enough to get most people motivated. In fact psychological tests show that money can impair our ability to be successful.
So, if money isn’t the key to personal motivation, what is?
Pink identifies three factors that really do seem to get people fired up and creative- autonomy, mastery and purpose.
He shows how these factors motivate people in organizations to take ownership of their work, fully engage with a problem, and strive for success.
The great news is that these concepts can also help to develop your motivational skills. Understanding these areas will put you on the path to being a black belt motivational master.
Autonomy is about being in control of yourself and being able to set your own path. It means you’re not beholden to others for direction and validation.
When you take responsibility for your actions and the outcomes, you create the freedom to be successful.
Learning to operate this way creates a rock solid platform for life. It creates the foundation to express yourself, be creative, explore and grow.
Autonomy shifts the focus of motivation. Rather than looking to others for recognition, you find it inside – you dance to your own drum.
Take an autonomous moment to yourself
One way to cultivate this is to have an autonomous moment. Take the spirit of the video and give yourself 15 minutes every day to work on something just for you- whatever that may be. It may be fostering a hobby (I am on a gardening kick at the moment), exploring your next career step or some creative self-expression.
For this project, find a space where you can’t be distracted. Be yourself and do it purely for you. Take responsibility for doing this to the best of your ability and be responsible only to yourself. Enjoy the time and see what amazing things you can achieve.
As you act autonomously you’ll find your confidence and creativity start to grow and your motivation sky-rocketing. A black-belt motivational master takes responsibility for their actions.
A clear sense of purpose drives people to do remarkable things. Steve Jobs has a vision to “put a dint in the universe” and this has driven him to build up Apple over 30 years to its current position.
Finding your sense of mission and direction provides the context for everything you do. It creates a guiding star to inspire and guide your actions. It is dynamite for motivation.
Finding your purpose
Finding an overarching vision typically takes self-reflection and commitment to find that spark inside yourself. Here are two approaches to help you find your purpose:
To find more motivation, start introducing your purpose into your daily decision making. A black-belt motivational master knows the deeper purpose behind every decision they make.
As humans, we have an urge to get better at things. Being an expert is great because others acknowledge your skills and you satisfy your inner craving for growth.
As Dan Pink notes, this is the drive behind the open source movement where well paid professionals contribute their time for free to these projects. Developing their skills and expertise is the carrot that drives them to get involved.
People who devote themselves to mastery tend to be focused, motivated and successful. What’s more they also tend to have more fun, as they are doing something they find fascinating.
Developing mastery takes time and practice. The widely touted statistics suggests that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert.
Yet if you’re doing something that you find stimulating and absorbing that could be the best 10,000 hours you ever spend.
Three steps to Mastery
1. Start with the end in mind – Figure out what your area of fascination and interest is and what mastery would look like for you. This may be closely related to your purpose.
2. Create the master plan – work out the key steps to get there – Who should you be talking to? What do you need to learn? What experience do you need to get? How can you teach this? How do you communicate and share your mastery?
3. Practice, Practice, Practice. Get to work and put in the hours. Nothing beats practice.
Striving for mastery this way means that you can enjoy the journey as much as the destination and that is the key to finding endless motivation.
When you develop autonomy, purpose and mastery, you’ll find yourself on the path to outstanding work and a remarkable life.
Over to You
- What motivates you?
- How important is it for you to feel autonomous and in control?
- What is your purpose and vision in life?
- What are you striving to master and how are you going about it?
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